All you need to know about Indian-American astronaut Sirisha Bandla flying to space

A girl looking up at the sky in her childhood and desired to be there once in life is now ready to bring her dream come true.

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Sirisha Bandla is all geared up to create history on July 11 by joining the 'VSS Unity' of Virgin Galactic as an astronaut 004. Mission Unity 22 is the twenty-second flight test for the company. The role of Sirisha will be to look after the researcher's experience on the six-member crew.

Born in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur and brought up in Houston Sirisha is the second Indian-American woman after Kalpana Chawala and the fourth Indian to fly in space. In her tweet, she said, "I am so incredibly honoured to be a part of the amazing crew of #Unity22 and to be a part of a company whose mission is to make available for all." 

The 34-year-old astronaut started working at Virgin Galactic in 2015 and is currently the vice president of government affairs and research operation for Virgin Galactic. She also worked as the Associate Director for the Comercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF), associated with commercial spaceflight companies. She had completed her Bachelor of Science in Aerospace, Aeronautical and pursued Astronautical Engineering in 2011 from Prude University. 

Sirisha was interested in space since childhood and wanted to become a NASA astronaut. However, due to her eyesight problems, she was unable to make it and pursued aerospace engineering. Giving an insight into her journey, Sirisha has shared an inspirational video on YouTube titled ‘Lessons from Bandla Sirisha’ on how to get into the Space industry. She also voices for the representation of women in the commercial spaceflight industry.

Meanwhile, The Virgin Galactic will be sharing a global live stream of spaceflight on their website and social media handles. The spaceflight will blast off from New Mexico.